It's one thing to say you support the people of Ukraine. It's quite another to take up arms and go there to fight the Russians, but that's exactly what one Missouri man is doing.

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As Fox 4 News out of Kansas City shared, this man is Paul Schwennesen. He is a former United States soldier who is now on the ground in Ukraine working with local fighters to make sure that the Russians don't capture Kyiv. Paul fought in Afghanistan in 2005 and felt compelled to travel to Ukraine after combat began.

Since Paul can't be officially enlisted in the Ukraine army, he's working independent. As he shared in the interview, he's had to arrange transportation and safe houses with the forces he's been coordinating with in Kyiv.

Why get involved with the battle in Ukraine? Paul explains that there was something more European to him about this battle that he compared to World War 2 and what was at stake during that era. He's chosen to be independent since he believes he can work more efficiently where he's needed.

He's also been communicating with his wife to help connect groups that need different types of assistance so she can help them remotely.

What they're doing is admirable. They are quite literally putting their lives on the line to help in a conflict thousands of miles away from where they live.

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